The Dodgers’ reported deal with free agent righty Zack Greinke could have a ripple effect that impacts the trade market for the Mets’ R.A. Dickey, writes Anthony McCarron of the Daily News.
With Greinke headed to Los Angeles — he reportedly agreed to a six-year deal worth $147 million Saturday night — the Texas Rangers, a spurned Greinke suitor, may become more aggressive in pursuit of a trade for Dickey.
The Rangers and Mets have had discussions about Dickey, but were not able to come to any agreement. The Rangers had been willing to trade third baseman Mike Olt to get a starting pitcher, but after trading third baseman Michael Young on Saturday to open up an everyday slot for Olt, that may no longer be the case.
Even so, Olt would have been obviously blocked at third base by David Wright with the Mets anyway, but McCarron spoke to scouts who believe he could handle playing the outfield.
Additionally, the Texas Rangers are involved in other trade discussions with other teams and may ultimately decide to deal its prospects elsewhere. The Rangers have talked to Tampa Bay about a deal for James Shields and they could look to solve their pitching holes by pursuing a free agent such Anibal Sanchez, Kyle Lohse or Edwin Jackson, too.
There are still many options available that would for me to buy into this “desperation factor” so many keep alluding to. I simply don’t see it and unless Sandy Alderson’s price comes down, he will be stuck with Dickey the same as he was with Scott Hairston at the trade deadline.
Yesterday, in a report for Newsday, Marc Carig wrote that the Mets are likely to keep R.A. Dickey this winter, although a contract extension is not guaranteed.
“This represents a shift in thinking from the winter meetings”, he says, “when trading Dickey looked just as likely as retaining him.”
Both Jeff Wilpon, who prefers to keep Dickey, and Sandy Alderson have acknowledged that keeping Dickey without an extension is a likely possibility.
I have been saying all along that I expect Dickey to be the Mets’ Opening Day starter and I’ve seen nothing to warrant shifting my opinion on that. In fact. reading the tea leaves over the last 2-3 weeks and speaking to others who are following the situation, only strengthens my belief that Dickey will remain with the Mets.
The Royals who had once strong interest in Dickey initially, have moved onto free agent Anibal Sanchez or trading for James Shields, both of whom are much younger and appeal more to them.